Nuke is probably off somewhere glorious for our spring vacation, so I'll take a stab at answering some of these.
Hi nukelaw, thanks for answering questions. I'm in at BC. I wanted to ask about the social scene (lame question I know, but the schools I'm deciding on are pretty much equal academically). Would you say BC has closer knit students that hang out together more often than a typical urban law school? Or is it hard to say given that you obviously haven't been a student at other law schools . And do a lot of BC Law students live near Harvard Ave. and hang out in the bars there?
I think the social atmosphere at BC is one of our greatest strengths. After speaking with many friends at different law schools, I definitely think we have a closer group of students than most schools. There are frequently school related events (e.g. "Bar reviews," where there is an official bar we all go out too) but we also alway go out together on our own. I hang out with my law school friends at every opportunity, which means every weekend and often going out on weekdays too (I am a 2L now, I get to live a little). On a cool side note, last year, one of our classmates rented out an entire bar for us and we had an open bar all night on the night we finished our 1l Finals.
Why does BC have such a close knit student body...I think it is for two reasons. 1) Unlike schools located in a more urban setting, BC Laws actual buildings are in a more suburban area. Therefore, people have to travel to get to school (car, T, etc). So, in between classes, people do not leave school. They stick around, eat lunch together, study together, etc. At schools in a more urban location, it is more likely for them to leave the physical premises between classes since they are more likely walking distance to their homes. Spending all that extra time together leads to more bonding and a closer group of friends 2) BC is known as a place with very friendly students (We are nicknamed the "disneyland of law schools" in Princeton review). So, this leads to self-selection. The people who want to go to a place that is very friendly and social come to BC, those who care less about that and maybe care more about some other factor (e.g. an urban location) go to a different school. I am happy with my choice!
As for living on Harvard ave, some students live in that area, but I wouldn't say the majority. More live in the Cleveland circle, Washington square area, since it is a bit closer. However, we go out to those bars ALL the time. It is only like a 5-10 min T ride for most people, so that area is a favorite of most.
A more law-related question, how do the job prospects look at BC these days? Are most graduates staying in Boston, with a few going to NYC and DC? Any idea what % are getting BigLaw? Thanks so much.
Here are some stats from the class of 2006. http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/career/statistics.html
I have no idea how representative it is of a typical BC law class. It looks like a good % go to big law (which certainly seems true every yr). I would guess that the #s are a little lower than normal on the NY/DC %s (assuming those are both counted in the midatlantic region). 20% is a good amount, but based on my class, I would guess the #s to be more in the 25-33%. NY and to some extent, DC, are very big destinations for BC grads. A ton of people go to the NY job fair, and most were quite succesful.
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For those students who are not into biglaw, what kinds of places do they go? I have been accepted to BC and would eventually like to work for the Federal gov. I hear a lot about Boston firm connections, but not much else. Thoughts?
According to those same stats, about 14% went to PI and govt work from the class of 06. That is a pretty good amount. I know we have PI/Gov job fairs, and we definitely have connections throughout the government in Massachusetts (my bro-in-law works in the Mass AGs and they call it the "BC Mafia" because we dominate it) Unfortunately, I am one of those typical lawfirm guys, so I can't be of too much more help. Maybe someone else can help more on this one.
... and also the job prospects for those in the bottom half of the class... are they still able to get midlaw jobs in Boston thanks to its reputation in the area?
Students in the middle of the class can get midlaw, even big law jobs. It can be more difficult and result in some legwork, networking, etc, but it definitely can happen. It is harder for those in the bottom of the class (well below the median) but you are going to find that at any school outside of the T14. If you do not do well, it is just hard to market yourself, especially in this ailing economy. BC does make efforts to try and help students not in the top of their class, such as including 20% (or maybe 25%) lottery spots during OCI (so those spots are filled by students who did not make the grade cut, but still get to interview with the firms). I know a good amount of people who did not have the grade reqs, but got interviews through lottery and then impressed them enough to get job offers. All in all, the job prospects for our students seems to be very healthy (see Princeton reviews top 5 ranking).
Any more q's? Fire away!